The development of diving watches cannot be imagined without the guidance of Rolex. The famous Swiss manufacturer presented the first waterproof wristwatch with a screw-down winding crown in 1926. Thus, the world-famous Oyster collection was born.
The launch of the Submariner in 1953 was record-breaking since the diving watch by Rolex was waterproof to 100 metres. This first model still lacked the typical Submariner crown guard and a conspicuously big Brevet crown was installed on the case instead. Today, these first references - 6200, 6204, 6205, and the “James Bond Submariner” 6538 - are highly sought-after rarities with a corresponding price tag.
The first Submariner edition was launched in an elegant black, and the watch was not manufactured in any other colours for decades following. Some vintage models faded into a dark brown - these rare chocolate-colored models are especially desirable for collectors. The Submariner ensured a position for Rolex in the depths of the ocean. The watch established itself among both scuba and deep-sea divers. Over the years, the waterproof capability of the watch was first increased to 200 metres, and then finally, to 300 metres. The characteristic crown guard was installed in 1959, and seven years later the first Submariner with a date display (Submariner Date) was introduced to the market.
Over the course of a long history, the Submariner has only been subjected to a few well-considered changes and has stayed true to its spirit.